Fill your life with adventures, not things. – Anonymous
There’s nothing like a quick getaway to break up the everyday cycle of life. This past weekend my girlfriend and I took a mini road trip to Washington D.C. It was a weekend jam packed with good food, historical monuments, and plenty of walking (lol). The city offered a photoshoot at every location and plenty of memories.All in all, it was a great trip and I’ve decided to let you guys in on some of my favorite places.
Location, Location, Location!
We all know that location is everything. So picking the right neighborhood to stay in D.C. was crucial. We wanted to be close to all the monuments yet, not too far from the nightlife. To get the best of both worlds staying in Downtown D.C. was it for us! We stayed at the Hyatt Place Downtown D.C./White House, a small boutique hotel right in the heart of everything. It is a 10-minute walk from the White House and another 15 to Capitol Hill.
A trendy rooftop restaurant/lounge located in the W Washington Downtown. The POV offers a stunning view of the White House and Washington Monument. Whether you sit at one of the communal tables or reserve a dinner table, the view will still be something magical. Our first night in town we had pleasure of booking the White House view table for dinner and everything was amazing! The food, service, and the view was like no other. Though this is a pricey date night, if you are able to swing that minimum for a designated view table it will be well worth it.
Art and Soul
The Capitol-side restaurant known for their exceptional brunch was definitely a must hit spot in D.C. Just a few minutes walk away, it’s a quick and delicious break from snapping all those cool photos at Capitol Hill. With a contemporary dinning and outdoor patio they offer southern-style cuisine that is delicious and inexpensive. We sat outside since it was such a beautiful day, while drinking mimosas as we waited in anticipation for our food. I ordered the chicken and waffles with a spicy syrup, which was the best I’ve ever had! My gf, ordered the baked mac & cheese topped with breadcrumbs and scallops. Boy, oh boy was it delicious! You would be crazy to leave D.C. without having brunch here.
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
A small donut shop located in Downtown D.C. about five minutes from the White House. Listed on Food Networks “Best Doughnuts in America”. As one of the must have doughnuts it was a no brainer that we had to stop by and try some of their specialities on our last day in D.C. A hip grab & go place where the options are endless, but the seating is limited. Since this is a very small place there is no inside seating and only a few tables outside, so keep that in mind to visit on a day that you would want to sit outside. Astro has something for everyone!
One of the most creative bars I’ve ever seen. You’ll dread missing this place. If you are looking for a spooky time, then look no further. You can enjoy a Halloween inspired drink in any one of the three themed rooms, along with some scary snacks. If having a drink with a thousand dolls staring at you isn’t your thing, then the David Bowe room is the place to be. A retro room that kicks you to the 80’s with disco balls and moon men with plenty of room for some great photo opportunities.
© Photography: Dawn Hasselberger